A lot of people want to buy me a drink.
Since I started serving as Series editor for The Best American Sports Writing in 1990, the book has featured the work of about 350 writers. Although the guest editor makes the final selections, each year I read thousands of stories, pass along about 75 for the guest editor to read, and therefore often receive a disproportionate measure of the credit (or the blame) for those selections. I also generally contact the writers to let them know their story has made the book.
This is often a surprise, and makes the writer happy, sometimes very happy. Every once in a while it makes someone so happy that he or she doesn't believe me—it doesn't help that sometimes the selections are made right around April Fool's Day—and I have to have the publisher send a confirming email. Some writers even cry, which makes me wonder what reception the guy who gives out the MacArthur Fellow grants receives. (I guess we could ask BASW 2013 contributor Karen Russell; she just won one.)